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Sun Unveils Its Fastest Commodity Microprocessor

Keyspan RF Remote for Windows Vista Shipping

Scythe Renames Infinity To Mugen

TwinMOS Introduces Super-Mini USB2.0 Mobile Disk B1

Sun Unveils Its Fastest Commodity Microprocessor

Sun Microsystems today announced its fastest commodity microprocessor, the UltraSPARC T2 (formerly known as the "Niagara 2" project), as the cornerstone of its merchant portfolio of microelectronics. Available for sale separate from Sun's own systems, this new processor is the industry's first volume processor with 8 cores and 8 threads per core. With each thread capable of running its own operating system, the chip delivers a whopping 64-way system on a single chip. Sun will provide the UltraSPARC T2 processor design to the free and open source community via the GPL license.

The UltraSPARC T2 is the first processor to bring together the key functions of multiple systems - virtualization, processing, networking, security, floating point units and accelerated memory access. Integrating these elements on a single piece of silicon reduces cost and increases performance, reliability and energy efficiency - making it the superior choice for a diversity of workloads, from networking equipment to high-performance computing or storage devices. As a general-purpose processor, the UltraSPARC T2 also provides support for the massively threaded, open-source Solaris operating system, and other real-time operating systems, as well as future versions of Ubuntu Linux.

This next generation of the UltraSPARC family of processors also brings about Sun's CoolThreads chip multithreading (CMT) technology to the UltraSPARC T2 processor, powered by fewer than 2W per thread.

More features:

  • Networking - Dual, virtualizable, multithreaded 10 Gigabit-per-second Ethernet ports with built-in packet classification ensure fast access to networks and server-to-server communications.
  • Security - 8 cryptographic acceleration units and a total of 10 independent functions address ever-heightening security needs, including NSA-approved algorithms, without a performance penalty.
  • Computation - 8 floating point units extend the benefits of CMT to high-performance computing workloads for scientific applications; world record single-chip SPECfp_rate2006 and world-record single-chip SPECompM2001 scores.
  • Input/Output - 8 lanes of industry-standard PCI Express I/O speed applications like streaming media, database read/write and data back-up.
  • Memory access - Quad memory controllers deliver more than 50 Gigabytes-per-second of memory access.
  • Software support - The massively threaded Solaris OS takes advantage of the highly threaded processors and is claimed to enable open and cost-effective virtualization.

The UltraSPARC T2 processor is available in production quantities this quarter, with prices starting well below $1,000, and licensing options wide open for derivative works.

Source: Sun Microsystems

Keyspan RF Remote for Windows Vista Shipping

Keyspan announced it is now shipping its new "RF Remote for Windows Vista" (ER-V2). The remote control lets users operate the Windows Vista media player to enjoy music, TV, home videos, DVD movies, radio, and photos. Keyspan's RF Remote is "Certified for Windows Vista" and works with Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate.

Unlike infrared (IR) remotes, Keyspan's new remote uses a radio frequency (RF) signal that increases range, doesn't require line of sight, and works through walls and furniture.

Now shipping, the Keyspan RF Remote for Windows Vista retails at MSRP $49, and is available to consumers at the Keyspan online store, etc.

Source: Keyspan

Scythe Renames Infinity To Mugen

Scythe renamed its high-end "Infinity CPU Cooler" to "Mugen CPU Cooler". (It's reviewed here, by the way.) The latter actually stands for the same "infinity" in Japanese language. The Japanese vendor believes that it is better if product names represent their country of origin. Furthermore, the fan supplied with the "Mugen" will also be produced by Scythe. That is said to increase overall performance and reduce noise. The total weight of the CPU cooler with the new fan is less than 930g.


  • Model Name: Mugen CPU Cooler
  • Model Number: SCINF-1000
  • Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Compatibility: Intel Socket 478/T (LGA775); AMD Socket 754/939/940/AM2
  • Combined Dimensions: 125 x 116 x 160 mm
  • Fan Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Fan Noise Level: 25.00 dBA
  • Air Flow: 68.54 CFM
  • Fan Speed: 1200rpm (10%)
  • Weight: 930g
  • MSRP: $58 or 44.95 excl. VAT

Source: Scythe

TwinMOS Introduces Super-Mini USB2.0 Mobile Disk B1

TwinMOS Technologies developed the super-mini USB2.0 Mobile Disk B1 for Windows Vista with 8GB capacity. The B1 LED indicator is incorporated into the shell sized 42.6x14.7x2.8mm. In addition to the no-cap design to prevent users from losing it, this product comes in a wide range of colors: black, white, pastel yellow, pink, pastel blue and pastel green. Besides, the carrying ring and silver-coated chain that accompany the product allow you to carry it on a key ring, mobile phone, wallet, handbag, or any accessory that pleases you.

The B1 is fully compatible to any Windows operating systems (Vista, XP, 2000 etc), MAC10.1+ and Linux2.4+.


  • Security: Password protection (optional)
  • Capacity: Up to 8GB
  • Operation Temp.: 0C - 70C
  • USB Interface: USB2.0
  • Operation System: Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP/Vista, Mac10.1+, Linux 2.4+
  • Dimensions: 42.6x14.7x2.8 mm

Source: TwinMOS Technologies

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